Local files

Make Spotify your all-in-one music player.

In addition to over 30 million tracks that we offer from our catalog, you can also use your Spotify app to play music files stored on your computer.

Pick your device below to learn how.

Note: After these steps, Spotify will play the file that was originally stored on your device whenever you choose the song, even if it’s in the Spotify catalog.

Desktop

Any music files in your Music and iTunes folders are imported automatically. Click here for steps to import iTunes playlists manually.

To add more music files stored on your computer:

  1. In the top-right corner, click  > Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Local Files.
  3. Click ADD A SOURCE to point Spotify to other music files on your computer.
  4. Switch off sources you no longer want Spotify to check for local music files.

Spotify supports .mp3, .mp4, and .m4p files. It doesn’t support .mp4 files that contain video. 

If QuickTime is installed on your computer then .m4a files are also supported. We’ll do our best to match any unsupported local files with songs from the Spotify catalog.

iPhone

For: Premium only. 

  1. Add music files from your desktop (follow Desktop instructions) to a playlist.
  2. Log into Spotify on your iPhone using the same WiFi network as your desktop.
  3. Tap Your Library .
  4. Tap Playlists.
  5. Select the playlist containing your music files.
  6. Tap the Download switch on.
    Note: A green arrow will appear next to the tracks when syncing is complete.

iPad

For: Premium only. 

  1. Add music files from your desktop (follow Desktop instructions) to a playlist.
  2. Log into Spotify on your iPad using the same WiFi network as your desktop.
  3. Tap Your Music .
  4. Tap the playlist containing your music files.
  5. Tap the Download switch on.
    Note: A green arrow will appear next to the playlist when syncing is complete.

Android

For: Premium only. 

  1. Add music files from your desktop (follow Desktop instructions) to a playlist.
  2. Log into Spotify on your Android using the same WiFi network as your desktop.
  3. Tap Your Library .
  4. Tap Playlists.
  5. Select the playlist containing your music files.
  6. Tap the Download switch on.
    Note: A green arrow will appear next to the tracks when syncing is complete.